There's just enough left-of-center quirkiness fluttering around the edges of Walk The Moon's sleek and shiny new self-titled album (June 19, RCA) to signal that something interesting may be going on beneath the alt-pop candy shell. The Cincinnati-based band's well-oiled electronic machinery whirrs noisily behind the wall-of-sound production filling every sonic nook and cranny with propulsive synth beats and chiming guitar lines. But it's the tongue-in-cheek wordplay swirling though songs like "I Can Lift A Car" -- yes, over their heads, too -- that elevate the frenetic musical hyperactivity racing through the album like a caffeine buzz. The melodies stretch and snap with tight precision, the big hook choruses swell up and burst with regularity, all swept up in the force of WTM's "more-is-more", RPM-racing strategy. The band wails "we're gonna rattle this ghost town" amidst the crackling urgency of "Anna Sun" (video below) -- and then precedes to do just that.
Walk The Moon - "I Can Lift A Car" (from Walk The Moon)
Walk The Moon - "Next In Line" (from Walk The Moon)